The Content Of The Article:
- Origin of pampas grass
- The right location
- Care and fertilization
- Propagation and pests
- Pampas grass in winter
- Pruning after the winter
The pampas grass reaches heights between 45 cm and 300 cm, the leaves can reach lengths of up to 2 meters. However, eye catchers are the soft panicles, which grow upright in the same way as feather dusters. Their color is mostly silvery white, sometimes yellowish or even reddish. Pampas grass "flowers" in the period between August and November.
Origin of pampas grassAmerican pampas grass comes, as one might expect, from the American, more specifically from the South American area. It occurs in Brazil, Uruguay and Chile, but also in Argentina in the Pampa. Pampas grass especially loves sandy and silty soils. The varieties in Central Europe are called:
- 'Andes Silver' with cream colored fronds
- 'Pumila' with silver-white fronds
- 'Patagonia' with reddish fronds
- Sunningdale Silver flowers white-silver
Tip: A sunny location is just right for the pampas grass.
So the pampas grass has become over time a perennial with a lot of endurance, which does not take offense so quickly and is now also available in hardware stores with garden department for a reasonable price in the container.
The right locationAs described earlier, the pampas grass comes from the South American region. On the one hand, this means that the perennial can tolerate cool temperatures at night and the sun during the day, but this does not apply to every season. A few clues to the ideal location:
- he should be warm
- nutritious soil
- slight dryness possible
Tip: The fronds look very nice in a large floor vase.
Pampas grass prefers a sunny and sheltered location. If the soil is nutrient-rich, it will grow quickly and form the inflorescences. The winter can not hurt him as long as he is not very wet.
Care and fertilizationIf the pampas grass has grown well, some garden owners may wonder if the perennial will survive the wintertime well. However, when the right arrangements are made, it is not as difficult as some people think. Until the winter, the pampas grass is not cut back. It should form its beautiful long leaves, that gives him only the right appearance. Only in the spring next year can the outer leaves be cut back, not the new shoots in the middle, but only the older ones from the previous year.
As autumn approaches the end, the pampas grass should be tied up. That is, it is lifted from the outer edge and tied in the middle like a tuft. It is important to protect the heart of the plant - the center. Especially moisture and moisture may not have the pampas grass in the middle. If you still tie a fleece or pine branches, stick around with them or put leaves on the middle, this additionally protects and gives off natural warmth. However, the grass should not be wrapped up with foil.
Propagation and pests
- For propagation, the rootstock of the pampas grass can be divided: Simply take a spade and cut off the desired size.
- Another method of propagation is to use new plants from seeds. The seeds can either be placed in small pots with composting soil or they can immediately be placed in a bucket.
Pampas grass in winterPampas grass is somewhat hardy, but should be protected from too much moisture. This will be easier to accomplish in a container plant than in freely planted specimens. However: Pampas grass in a bucket needs better protection of the roots against the cold. In his case, the bucket should be wrapped with an insulating material such as bubble wrap. In addition, we recommend a very sheltered place near the wall of the house, where it is not too windy. Against the moisture, the long leaves and flowers can be bound together and possibly additionally protected with a fleece or a bamboo mat.
Especially with the potted plants, however, it is important to ensure that they get enough water even in winter, because the pampas grass evaporates like all evergreen plants even in winter water over its leaves. At very low minus temperatures or prolonged frosts, it is advisable to bring the pot in a winter quarters. There, the plant should be airy and cool, light, however, is not essential, so a basement room is suitable for this purpose. In the apartment, the pampas grass should not stand, because it is too warm there.